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Wood: Red zone execution was terrible

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2013 – 12:29 pm

The Bills went 0-for-3 in the red zone on Sunday when it came to punching the ball in for a touchdown. Buffalo had to settle for three field goals as gaining yards inside the Jets 20 proved hard to come by. Eric Wood didn’t think much of their efforts.

“Just a lot of mistakes on offense, and red zone execution was terrible,” said the Bills co-captain. “If we score on a couple of those when we were down there it’s a totally different ball game. We don’t give up six sacks because they’re not able to tee off on us.”

On Buffalo’s three red zone opportunities they ran a total of 10 plays. All together those 10 plays gained a total of 13 yards. The three third down situations Sunday went as follows.

3rd-and-8 – incomplete pass

3rd-and-6 – one-yard gain

3rd-and-5 – incomplete pass


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Bills go without a red zone TD

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2013 – 11:49 pm

They were down there more than once on Sunday against the Jets, but none of Buffalo’s three red zone trips resulted in a touchdown and it proved costly in a seven-point loss to the Bills.

Early in the second quarter they had a 2nd-and-8 and a 3rd-and-8 at the Jets 19-yard line, but C.J. Spiller rushed for no gain on second down and EJ Manuel’s pass to the right to Robert Woods fell incomplete.

After a Jim Leonhard interception set the offense up at the 21, Buffalo got a good first down carry from Fred Jackson for eight yards, but the Jets ‘D’ tightened down from there allowing a total of two yards on the next three carries by Buffalo. On a 2nd-and-11 at the 11, Manuel ran off the left end for five yards to get down to the six-yard line.

Nathaniel Hackett dialed up a pass play to take a shot at the end zone on 3rd-and-goal, and Manuel couldn’t find anyone so he scrambled, but could only get a yard leading to another field goal attempt.

Again the defense set up the offense on another short field after Kiko Alonso’s interception, which put them 1st-and-10 on the Jets 13. The Bills again chose to run the football on first and second down, and gained five yards. On 3rd-and-5 however, Manuel could not connect with Stevie Johnson and again a field goal was the result.

Head coach Doug Marrone commented on why they were dead set on running the ball on early downs in the red zone Sunday, and it was not to be conservative with EJ Manuel down close.

“When you go into the red zone where they play coverage and our point is if they’re going to play coverage and make sure we don’t throw the touchdown we want to be able to run the ball,” he said. “I think when you do that, when you’re able to do that, run the ball in there, you look at the percentage of the offenses that are better in the red zone, eight out of 10 can run the football down there. That was our plan more than trying to protect EJ.”

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Bills rank #1 in NFL in a few categories

Posted by Chris Brown on September 17, 2012 – 1:59 pm

The exploits of C.J. Spiller have Buffalo atop the league after two weeks in a couple of rushing categories, but there’s an even more important category where the Bills rank tops in the NFL after two games.

Buffalo ranks first in rushing yards per game with an average of 198. They also lead the league in average yards per carry with a mark of 6.4.

But the Bills are also tops in the NFL in red zone touchdown percentage. The Bills are a perfect five for five on red zone possessions putting the ball in the end zone every single time. No other NFL club is perfect through two weeks. We’ll see how long the Bills can keep it up.

Buffalo is also number one in the league in punt return average thanks mainly to Leodis McKelvin’s 88-yard punt return for a touchdown.

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Red zone futility

Posted by Chris Brown on December 8, 2008 – 8:51 pm

The red zone woes of the Bills offense the past two weeks (0-5)  have naturally dropped Buffalo to the bottom third of the league in touchdown percentage in that area of the field.

The Bills rank 26th in red zone touchdown percentage, reaching pay dirt just 45.2% of the time.

Only the Vikings, Bengals, Browns, Raiders, Bucs and Rams have been less successful this season.

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